St Louis Pest Control Blog

Pigeon Problems?

Do you have pigeon problem?  If yes, this is one problem you want to fix right away.  Pigeons are dirty birds that carry disease, pests and deface property all over the St. Louis area.  Did you know that pigeon fecal matter will actually accelerate  the aging process on things it lands on.  And not only that, the droppings themselves are full of parasites and quit frankly makes everything look like crap. Roosting pigeons can also harbor fleas, ticks and mites.  So if you eliminate the roosting area, you might find these pests looking for a new host, and that new host be you.

Controlling a pigeon problem is not a difficult problem.  Here at Blue Chip, we have successfully won the battles of man vs pigeon time and time again.  Sometimes it is as simple as having a structural modification done to eliminate the roosting area and in others, we have to had to implement a monthly pigeon baiting program to ward off all new comers.

Please call us if you have any questions or concerns regarding these pests at 636-343-7900 or go to Blue Chip Exterminating for more information regarding our service options.

Small Flies Around The House? What Are They And Where Are They Coming From?

Do you have small flies around your house? Are you unsure of what they are and where the could be coming from? There are three possible answers to the questions:
 
Drain FlyFirst, they may be drain flies. These pests are generally found in and around bathrooms. They live and breed in drains which aren’t used very often. Many times we will find them living in a shower/tub drain in an extra bathroom of the house. Use a product called Draingel available at our Pest Control Supply Store after flushing the drain with lots of water and repeat on a monthly basis.
 
Fruit Fly Laying EggSecond, they may be fruit flies. These flies will often have a red tint which is from their eye color. They will most often be in the kitchen but can be found throughout the house. Things like fruit, garbage disposals, trash cans, recycling bins (beer and soda cans) and even potatoes which have sat too long can be sources for these pests. Traps available at our Pest Control Supply Store will help temporarily. You must find and eliminate the source of these to be successful.
 
Fungus GnatThird they may be fungus gnats. These often look like small mosquitoes with dark wings. They will be throughout the house, but they require potted plants for survival. They live and breed in the soil of over watered plants which have small amounts of fungus growing in them. Past or current water problems in a house have also been cause for these pests, and even wet clothes which are thrown in a bag or closet which are allowed to sit for weeks or months. Eliminate breeding sources by taking plants outside, or at least don’t water for a week, and aerate the soil to help it dry faster.
 
If you find yourself with one of these pests, contact us at Blue Chip Pest Control or come to our Pest Control supply store for a full selection of products for these and other pests.

Pest Spotlight: Silverfish

Wallpaper with delicate holes, chewed up books and damaged clothing are all good indications of a silverfish infestation. Silverfish are a common household pest found on nearly every continent. They prefer the hot, humid conditions generally found in attics, basements, bathrooms and closets but can also comfortably live in cool environments. These pests are highly destructive and responsible for damaging millions of dollars worth of property every year. Without silverfish control these insects can quickly consume pieces of valuable possessions.
Silverfish
The aptly named silverfish is unmistakable in appearance. They have a long slender body that gradually tapers as it moves toward the tail. The body is a metallic silver color and has two large antennae on the front of the head and three antennae-like projections on the tail. Silverfish love dark, damp environments and will avoid human contact whenever possible.

Silverfish are unique insects in many respects. They have an incredibly long lifespan for insects of similar size and habits. A silverfish can live up to eight years. They are the ultimate survivors. Unlike other insects, depriving a silverfish of a food source has no impact. Silverfish can live up to one year without eating. It is nearly impossible to starve these pests. They eat almost everything including bookbinding, fabric, leather, hair, carpet, photographs, wallpaper, paint, dander and dead insects but prefer foods high in carbohydrates. The chewing method they use to eat is very effective at ruining books, photographs, wallpaper and furniture upholstery. Households with these pests must seek out silverfish control to prevent damage to important possessions.

Due to their long lifespan and ability to go long periods without food, once an infestation has taken hold it is essential to implement a silverfish control plan before the population becomes overly inflated. Female silverfish can lay about 100 eggs. They find a small crack in a remote area of the home and lay several eggs. Once the eggs hatch it only takes around three months for the young silverfish to become mature and capable of reproduction.

silverfish bugIn order to prevent further damage to belongings, silverfish control is necessary. The first step in silverfish control is to decrease the humidity in the home. Dehumidifiers effectively pull moisture out of the air and make damp areas dry. Any materials that silverfish might find tasty should be boxed in plastic storage bins. Silverfish love the corrugated cardboard that boxes are made with and will readily nest inside these materials.

In order to completely rid a household of silverfish all areas of infestation should be treated with residual materials. This is very difficult to do without the proper tools. Silverfish control is best left to a professional. Commonly a treatment of attic spaces with a residual dust is one of the most effective treatments against these pests. In addition to the attic all areas such as basements, storage areas, etc. need to be treated to eliminate these pests. Professional pest management specialists have the knowledge and skills to permanently rid a household of this destructive pest in a safe manner, and as such silverfish control is best not treated by the homeowner.

Clothes Moths – I Don’t Remember Having A Hole In My Sweater Last Year

Winter is here, and for some of you, you may found some unwelcome guests in your winter clothing.  Yes, I’m talking about Clothes Moths!  Clothes moths will and can ruin any type of clothing as long it is made of natural fibers, not just sweaters.  The two types of Clothes moths that we have to deal with in St. Louis are the Casemaking Clothes Moth and the Webbing Clothes Moth.  Now, does it really matter which moth you have?  Not really, they will do the same kind of damage that you want to avoid.

When dealing with clothes moths it is important to find the infested articles of clothing and remove them.  In most cases, the damage will be to great to salvage the infested clothing item and will have to be thrown out.  All other items in the same space as the infested item should be dry cleaned or laundered to remove any possible eggs or larvae.

What can you do to help prevent a clothes moth infestation?  There are several things that can be done if this is a fear of yours.  The first thing is to store your items in an air tight container or bag.  This will prevent any insects or other harmful elements getting to your clothes.  Inspecting your clothing a least twice a year will help find any issues before things can get out of hand.  Most widespread damaged happens over a long period of time, checking frequently will help prevent that.  You can also put pheromone traps in storage area that will help prevent and detect the presence of clothes moths as well.  The traps themselves will not prevent damage to your clothing but will make easier for you to detect them.

And as always, if you have a current clothes moth infestation, hiring a professional Pest Control company to solve your problem is always recommended.   However, if you are a D.I.Y.’er, you can try to tackle this problem on your own but I would strongly recommend scheduling yourself plenty of time and patience.

Please call us if you have any questions or concerns regarding these pests at 636-343-7900 or go to Blue Chip Exterminating for more information regarding our service options.

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